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benedict will resign in two weeks from now saying his health is the reason. >> good morning, i am kristen sze. >> pope benedict was elected in 2005 at the age of 78, the oldest pope chosen in 300 years. he plans to spend the rest of his life living in a monastery in a life of prayer. we have team coverage with abc7 news reporter filled with local reaction and our reporter is joining us live from washington, dc, with the latest. karen? >> good afternoon. the news was a surprise to the pope's closest aides but officials say they noticed he had grown weaker. the first pope to resign in 600 years but pope benedict says he made the decision freely. >> it was a stunning announcement. delivered in latin. at the end of a meeting of cardinals in rome. pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of the month for health reasons. the 85-year-old said the strength deteriorateed "to the extent i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry." >> he feels he carried the cross to the point he can and is calm and said now i will pass it on. >> for the 1 billion catholics around the wo
the vatican that pope benedict xvi will re-sign at the end of the month? the pope says he no longer has the strength to carry out 0 the job. joe rosato jr. spoke to san francisco's controversial archbishop who knows the pope well. >> reporter: shortly before pope benedict was archbishop of san francisco salvator met with the pope. >> he was mentally alert and engaged in conversation, but he seemed to be fiphysically hurti. >> reporter: still, he never expected to hear the history making news pope benedict was stepping down. >> i was just as shocked as anyone else. i hadn't heard raw morse rumors speculation. >> reporter: he watched popes live longer and the stresses of the job grow harder. >> there are greater demands placed on the pope now and going forward living for a longer time. it's a different dynamic now. >> reporter: he says pope benedict's tenure was especially stressful with the church embroiled in the sex abuse crisis, and though the church's critics will likely disagree, he believes pope benedict will be remembered for his courage to address it. >> he was one of the leading
with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without controversy. the scottish cardi
history with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without con
priests to marry but critics felt pope benedict xvi was not progressive enough for the changing times, supporters saw a steadfast leader who helped anchor their faith. >> today, this sets the stage for the vatican to find the successor by mid-march. reporting live in washington if abc7 news. >> thank you. stay with abc7 for continuing coverage of the resignation of pope benedict xvi. you can fine the latest information at abc7news.com and we will tweet immediate updates on twitter at abc7 news bay area. >> waking up, again, dry and clear this morning but we want to look at the whole week to see if there is needed rain in the forecast. mike? >> we need some rain. need some snow. do not have it in the forecast. sorry to start off that way this morning but it means an easy week of commuting weather-wise. here is a look at live doppler 7 hd, you can see everything is very quiet, with no radar runs and very dry air. temperatures from the mid-30's inland to the upper 30's to mid-40's around the bay right now. almost as cool as it was yesterday. temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50's
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
pope benedict was the favorite to fill the big shoes left by the beloveed pope juan paul ii, he never veered from his beliefs, condemning gay marriage, ordaining women and allowing priests to marry. the eight year tenure was one of the shortest in history, but it was not without controversy. the vatican continued to face scathing criticism for the accusations of sexual abuse by priests. in 2008 the pope said the scandal in the united states made him feel deeply ashamed. during a visit he met privately with victims of pedophile priests. >> in words of man could describe the pain. >> catholic cardinals will gather in rome in march to elect the new pope. it is likely his successor could be in place by easter sunday. >> many betting firms are placing odds on who will be the next pope. right now, cardinal peter turkson of ghana is the favorite. he is 65 and would be the first black pope. he is head of the vatican justice and peace bureau. other favorites include someone from nigeria. >> the shockwaves reached to the bay area. we are joined live with that part of the story. a lost catholics
them as a group for the last time. at 8:00 this morning, pacific time, pope benedict xvi will get on a helicopter. he will fly to a retreat outside of rome. that's where he will officially resign later today. brian flow remembers joining us live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco where a special mass will be held to thank benedict for his life of service. brian? >> reporter: hi, dave. yeah, a special mass indeed, good morning to you. several bay area catholics will be taking part in the thanksgiving masses this morning starting in about an hour here. we're live at st. mary's where one of the services will be held. it's unknown how many catholics will be attending. but the service is expected to give thanks to pope benedict's eight years as pope and pray for his help. the pope says he will offer unconditional reverence and obedience of his successor. cardinals are planning to meet next week to discuss a conclave to take place. there are many questions remaining on who the candidates are. for many catholics in the bay area, they have ideas who they would like to see as the nex
election as pope. pope benedict hoped to retire then and spend more time writing. he is a highly regarded scholar in theology. the retirement age for bishops is 75 and he submitted his resignation three times. the only reason he stayed at his post is because of pope john paul ii. he said quote strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the past few months has deteriorated. that i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted me. the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th. and the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago in 1415 when pope gregory stepped down. pope benedict was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into hitlers youth at age 14. he served in the army but desserted and eventually captured by the americans. his decision sets the stage for a new pope to be elected before the end of march. and coming up later this morning. we hope to get reaction from the that catholic community especially in the light of the fact that ash wednesday is coming up in two days. and of course it's the most spiritual
that has the pope's spokesman of accusing people of trying to pick pope benedict's successor. the oscars are tonight and the question remains who is going to win. we will have the various races, who are the potential upsets going into tonight. we will look at that and on a light note it's a canine fat camp. inside a company this is helping to get minnesota's best friend healthy and trim. pet obesity, apparently a big problem in america. one dog at this place lost 25 pounds in three weeks, which would be impressive for humans. and that's all coming up on gma this morning. katie, hope you will be in the audience. >> i hope those canines can have some tips for their two-legged friends. >> especially going into top's oscars viewing party. >> oh, yes, you can be too thin. thanks, dan. >>> >>> this morning there are nearly 400 fewer firearms on the peninsula after a tri-city gun buyback. the event involving palo alto, east palo alto and menlo park was so popular many were turned away. police paid $100 forehand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man alone collected $1,400. >> i'm a duck hunt
. that burst into flames. one one >> pope benedict the sixteenth led his final sunday prayer as pontiff this morning. tens of thousands came to st. peter's square to hear the pope's sermon, and to pray with him. on thursday, benedict becomes the first pope tobut he says he's not abandoning the church. instead, the 85-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san fran
benedict made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a pack chapel to celebrate ash wednesday. pope benedict told the faithful he is stepping down for the good of the church. citing his frail health. the church plans to have a new pope in place by easter. the end of lent. >>> the carnival cruise ship triumph is being thoughed back. the cruise line has chartered flights to return everyone top houston once they arrive. in the meantime passengers are complaining of overflowing toilets and hot conditions on board. some are choosing to sleep on the deck rather than in their cabinets. >>> four teenagers killed in san suv crash were cow sins in oakland -- cousins in oakland. in the tours say the teenager were heading home from watching a rugby tournament in las vegas when their vehicle hit a center divide. a fifth person survived the crash and is recovering in the hospital. >>> time now 4:44. a man suspected of trying to blow up a bank in oakland is in court today. 28-year-old matthew
daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
pope benedict blessed thousands of pilgrims from his window overlooking st. peter's square. >> that was the second to last angelus blessing before he steps down at the end of the upon. he outstretched his arms. he made no mention of his decision to resign but thanks the faithful for the affection and spiritual closeness. >>> now there's controversial in los angeles about the selection of the next pope. retired cardinal mahony is eligible to take place. we have more on why some think he should not be allowed to participate. >> reporter: there's been much debate about who will replace pope benedict who announced last week lestep down due to poor health. the college of cardinals will meet at the vatican next month for a papal conclave to determine the next leader of the worldwide church. among the 100-plus cardinals to attend, cardinal mahony. >> he has to be strip of his public duties. >> reporter: some 50,000 members make up a national group with 1600 here in l.a. they oppose him taking part in the conclave in light of his alleged coverup
the vatican this morning, ahead the cardinals' shake up happening days before pope benedict xvi resignation. >> four people including two children are miss off bay area coast. the search efforts to 90 the boaters and bring them to safety. . >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> we thank you for waking up early and joining us. >> right now we have developing news. the coast guard is everyoning the dark waters off the san mateo coast right now for two adults and two young children. the four disappeared after reporting their sailboat was sinking. now, live from the coast guard. >> as the sun comes up, the search will intensify for the four people, a mother and father, their four-year-old son, and his young cousin. they vanished yesterday about 4:30 in the afternoon when the boat started taking on water. they made an initial distress call to the coast guard. the coast guard was able to determine the boat was 65 miles off half moon bay. the 29' sailboat was sinking, and the electronics were failing and then they reported they had to abandon the vote which did not have an
up, word from the vatican that there could be a replacement for pope benedict in time for easter. >> catholic cardinals could gather sooner than expected to choose a new pope. with the shocking news this week of pope benedict the before easter. the holy see first said that 15th and march 19th. now a vatican spokesman says a conclave could start before march 15th. if all cardinals are already inthe conclave of cardinals will vote on a new pontiff. but that's unlikely to happen before benedict's departure. he's stepping down on also, the country of iceland is looking to be an on line porn and if you're ready for bread pudding? the next edition of dine and dinsh... >> a word northbound 880. there is been a recent pile up hayword. no sig alert and you can use hashtag.. on twitter to purchase items. >> they are working hard to use this as a twitter commerce. there are going to be several ways for you to purchase items for now, just be the steps. here is how it works american express will sync wine their credit card and they will offer a product and give special addresses if you use th
of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff today delivered his final message. he told the crowd that he will take up a life of prayer and meditation to quote continue serving the church. benedict announced earlier this month he will retire february 28th due to failing health. italian news reports says there are more serious reasons for the pope's departure. but many catholics are standing by the catholic church. >> i felt i really needed to be here at church today and pray for the best resolution for our leaders and for the pope. >> although benedict sites failing health, two newspapers say he is leaving to distance himself from a group of gay priests in the -- >>> we'll take you to the greater number -- glitz and glamour. >>> the brother of olympic actor pistorious is also facing legal foes. why he's now facing his own homicide investigation. >>> in tonight's special report we take a look at how easy it is for people to buy illegal exotic pets. >>> san francisco celebrating oscar night with lots of boas and bubbly. hundreds took in on the bash tonight. jade hernandez was at the big event that a
president george w. bush's handle of iraq war. . >>> upon retirement, pope benedict will lose the power of his position but retain many of the perks of the pontiff. the vatican announced today benedict will be known as pope and still called his holiness. not unlike former president faming the title of mr. president as a sign of respect, pope benedict will still wear white. he'll also live steps away from his successor in vatican city. >>> the family of a nasa engineer is hoping someone will come forward to help solve smven's murder. it was eight years ago shot to death in his car. the 29-year-old aerospace engineer was just a couple week ace way from marrying the mother of their two children. san francisco police investigators say there are no suspects and no leads in this cold case. the family says their grief has not fade sgld we can't move on. we made this person to be punished for his crime. >> family says their son had no enmys but had gotten into an argument with a man who sold him a used car. >>> gene quan declared rita williams day in the city of oakland. she's been a fixture op
senator daniel inoway. >>> this is new video showing pope benedict tickets and the tens of thousands who gathered this morning at st. peter's square to hear pope benedict conduct sunday morning mass. it's one of the last before he steps down. the vatican said the meeting of senior church officials to select a new pope, a process known as the conclave, may again -- begin sooner than expected. church rules says a concave must begin 15 to 20 days after the seat becomes vacant after a period of mourning, but this time there's no need to mourn because pope benedict is alive. he decided to resign. speeding up the process could potentially give the church a new pope for holy week, the week before easter. >>> the family of olympic runner oscar pistorius said he's overcome with grief after fatally shooting his girlfriend. the man, known as the blade runner is charged with the premeditated murder of her. that was en valentine's day. a reality show aired last night in south africa. the family talked to the media. >> disgust. as you can imagine, he's also numb with shock and grief, in total pain. >>
, the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. why pope benedict xvi is resigning and reaction from bay area parishioners. >> you might want to check your credit report. how often mistakes happen and why they can be so tough to correct. >> and for the second part of our exclusive kpix 5 story about the skydiving accident, the faa investigation and an industry expert's surprising comments. am i allergic to any medications? i don't know. last immunization shots? really? honey, what's my blood pressure medicine called? one time i took something and i blew up like a puffer fish. i'm probably allergic to that. at kaiser permanente, your medical information is available to you and your doctors. quickly. securely. no guesswork required. better information. better care. kaiserpermanente. thrive. that hasn't been done in 600 years. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> and now at 6:30, pope benedict xvi is doing something that has not been done in 600 years, resign. the 85-year-old pontiff said that he will step down at the end of the month after nearly 7 ye
new information tonight about pope benedict's decision to step down and what is ahead of the the 85-year-old pontiff. still no official reason for the pope's sudden retirement, but they do believe his health and age were a concern, citing the fact that he felt he could no longer continue his duties. the vatican, however, says the decision was made about a year ago before a recent surgery. pope benedict's resignation has several bishops around the world wondering if there is a precedent being set allowing future popes to follow suit. the pontiff's future plans include living at a monaçtery inside the vatican. now, tomorrow he'll preside over an ash wednesday mass. a large crowd is expected as it will be his last public mass. >>> it is a sensitive and polarizing debate on many college campuses. the price of competing in big-time athletics hurting the academic bottom line? a growing number of critics say yes, and they point to uc berkeley as the example. nbc bay area stephen stock teamed up with the investigative reporting program at cal in search of answers. stephen, what did you fin
is responsible. >>> and pope benedict xvi makes his final appearance before stepping down. his message to his followers. it's all ahead on the ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> good morning, everybody it's wednesday, february 27th i'm brian flores. >> good morning, i'm pam cook. thank you for waking up with us. let's check in with steve as promised. it seems to be getting warmer this week. >> very nice warm. >> yeah. big system in the great lakes. subtle changes today. really probably only those in weather might notice it. we will see a few high clouds come in here. it will still be mild to warm. here is sal. >>> good morning. right now traffic is moving along pretty well around the bay scene take a look at highway 24. it is looking pretty good adds you drive through. there are no major problems. as a matter of fact, the traffic continues to look good. also the southbound 101 as you drive past the ups building there is road work there. we'll keep an eye on it for you. let's go back to the desk. >>> sal, thank you. we begin with breaking news in san francisco. dozens of homes and cars are flood
if it reaches congress. >>> pope benedict xvi delivered one of his last masses. tens of thousands of the fateful gathered to hear the departing pope. an ex week epd will be the final pope. the pope atphoupbtsed he will retire due to failing help. it is the first time -- the pope announced he will retire during the failing help. it is if first mass since he announced he will be stepping down. >> reporter: as the emotionals made it through the pews. some had the question of new leadership on their mind. pope benedict xvi announced their reservation. >> we just have to pray for him and pray for the cardinals. >> reporter: the cardinals are will will be gathering in rome. >> the next pope needs to understand in what we believe and why we believe it. >> even within my family. a lot of us we stepped away from the church. because a lot of us lost faith. >> reporter: candy gonzalez admits today was the first time she's been to mass in years. >> it really broke my heart. i was raised catholic and i feel this is where i belong. i feel like with the new pope thing. >> tom: change. >> there is a crisis of
is expected to be the second most tropical storm. he's pope for two more weeks.but pope benedict celebrated his final public mass today. he got a big welcome from the crowd.and a standing ovation that lasted for minutes. he talked a little more about why he's stepping down -- saying it's for the 'good of the church.' benedict has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people who were in the audience talked about the experience. this was the scene inside st. peter's cathedral. the 85-year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choose a new pope. they'll begin the process next month. now for today's market update. now, he has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people talk to the about the experience. >> it is very emotional. and >> a lot of people wanted to make them feel like we had sympathy. we were on his side, so to speak. season of the 85 year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choosing appalled. they will begin that process next month to choose a new- pope ... wi
for millions of catholics around the world. as pope benedict delivers his second to last blessing before stepping >> hello everybody thanks for joining us this sunday morning. i'm marty gonzalez. i'm ysabel duron. we'll get to the top stories in a moment, but first, let's get right to your forecast with janu arasu. good morning. you can see plenty of sunshine here but we are looking at some areas of low clouds and fog. sunny skies into the afternoon but temperatures will be cooler than yesterday. we will not see any los seven is on the board mainly '60s. taking a look at where tempers are sitting right now about 37 degrees in santa rosa 36 in napa low fifties already in the oakland and mid-40s in redwood city. mid-60's in oakland expected today and into the north bay and '60s there as well. upper 60s expected in napa and a little bit chillier in san francisco getting up to only 62 degrees. the full forecasters coming up including showers. >> oakland police are searching for suspects this morning following a deadly shooting saturday. the shooting happened just before 5 p-m on 8th street n
vacant after a period of mourning. but this time there's no need to mourn because pope benedict xvi decided to resign, speeding up the process could potentially give the church a new pope the week before easter. >> russia says there is cleanup after a meteor caused significant dang. [screaming] >> that sonic boom and resulting pressure wave blew out windows, more than a thousand people were hurt. skype differences believe the meteor weighed 10 tons before hitting the atmosphere. authorities are looking for rem nantz but have found no trace. >> experts say there's that connection between the meteor explosion in russia and a fireball sighted streaking croat the southern california sky. someone claimed to have recorded the meteor while driving down 280. experts say it was fire ball and not major event. another meteor landed in the bay area in october and caused a live sonic boom. >> ahead, a record-setting voyage, sailors say it's one of the most challenging sea adjourningies in the world and just ended in san francisco. >>> the prices at the pump went up overnight. when we can expect
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
pope benedict xvi will be called. he will be known as emmiree tis -- eemeritus pope. when the pope officially steps do you on thursday, he will be the first pontiff to do so in -- steps down on thursday, he will be the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. >>> the building at pier 27 will start small and then think big. it will be the america's cup headquarters hosting ka that marines from march through october and then a second phase of construction will add a -- catamarans from march through october and then a second plays of construction will add a terny nal -- terminal. >>> later today, the san jose city council will get its first look at the latest development plan for a five-acre parcel land in the city's japan town area. jackson and sixth street was used in the past to store and maintain city-owned vehicles. city leaders are now considering a big change to the area. they will consider building new homes and stores and possibly a new city park. >>> san jose city leaders will propose a ban on styrofoam containers. supporters say this would also help the amount of litter in wate
the current pope benedict will be called emeritus after he steps down. >> despite tensions between the united states and north korea former nba star rodman arrived this morning. he is in the communist country with several globetrotters and a crew from a magazine planning to run a basketball camp for kids and play pickup games with the locals. it is for new tv show. the state department says it was not contacted about the trip. >> and our meteorologist, mike nicco in. >> a lot of sunshine. could not pass up this beautiful picture off the bay this morning, with warm spring-like temperatures. there is a small drawback: tree pollen will be out control. well find out when the next thing rain comes in and washes that out in the seven-day outlook. >> plus action new study on the power of sleep. how not getting enough can actually change your genes. >> first lady reveals the real source of president obama's gray hair and what she is telling robin roberts about life in the white house. >> daly city, dublin, los gatos and all bay area, this is abc7 news. >> a startling new report showing more teenagers
is legitimate. >>> 150,000 people gave pope benedict xvi an emotional sendoff early this morning. [ cheers and applause ] >> the pope hel his final general audience at the vatican. he waved from the crowd from the pope mobile and kissed the forehead of several lucky babies. he recalled moments of joy and life of pope while facing great pain. >> i continue for prayers, i ask each of you to pray for me and the new pope. >> he thanked everyone for respecting his decision to step down and to also pray for the cardinals who have the enormous responsibility of picking the new pope. again, they hope to do that by holy week, march 24th. >> can you imagine being there for that? >> that would be amazing. >>> sal's back. he's watching the roads. you are watching bridges, too. >> that's right. we are and the bridges are getting more crowded. this is the peak of the commute. the traffic continues to get busier as we get closer to the 7:30 and 8:00 portion of our commute. let's go outside and take a look at highway 4 westbound you can see traffic is busier than it was. we've been watching it rather clos
gathered this morning at st. peter's square to hear pope benedict conduct sunday morning mass. it's one of the last before he steps down. the vatican said the meeting of senior church officials to select a new pope, a process known as the conclave, may again sooner than expected. it must begin 15 to 20 days after the seat becomes vacant after a period of mourning but this time there's no need to mourn because pope benedict is alive. he has decided to resign. speeding up the process could potentially give the church a new pope for holy week, the week before easter. >>> the family of olympic runner oscar pistorius said he's overcome with grief after shooting his girlfriend. he is charged with the premeditated murder of her. a reality show aired last night in south africa. the family talked to the media. >> as you can imagine, he's also numb with shock and grief, in total pain. >> attorneys for pistorius are expected to argue he fired at his girlfriend because he thought she was an intruder. prosecutors will showed that they argued and she locked himself in a bathroom where she was shot fo
covers silicon valley and golfing with tiger woods. >> new poll shows pope benedict is leave the post on a positive note. a new washington post/abc news poll shows that 76 percent of catholics view the pope fairly and only 14 percent rate the pontiff unfavorable. his popularity lags behind that the predecessor john paul ii who before his death in early 2005 was seen favorable by 87 percent of catholics. pope benedict is stepping down next week. >> a chip maker is planning a $300 million expansion in santa clara to begin in june on a new state-of-the-art campus near their current santa clara base. the 24 acre site will have two buildings totaling a million square feet. the company is best then if products that enable high performance grabs in interactive computer games. thousands of employees are expected to be hired to work at 9 new headquarters. >> the olympic committee wants did necessity if san francisco and san jose want to host the 2024 games. the cool reception from the mayors. >> case unravelling the stunning twist in the oscar pistorius murder cases while you were sleeping and
away from pope benedict stepping down as head of the catholic clutch and the just released poll reveal his popularity. >> reward offered to help track down a person who shot a raccoon in the bay area. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >> benicia, san ramon, san mateo and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> 5:42. a $3,000 reward is offered in the latest shooting of an animal on the peninsula, the 12000 since december. fragmentness the body of a careen found alive but unresponsive in south san francisco on sunday lying against a cushion -- a curb. anyone with information about the shooting or the others obtains peninsula should call the humane society. a veterinarian put the animal to s
. where scientists now say it came from. >>> with only who days left of pope benedict's reign we are getting information about what the future holds for him after he leaves. the cope will keep the name ben nick 16th and still addressed as his holiness once he retires. after he resigns he will no longer use the symbol of the pope. it will be destroyed along with benedict's seal after his departure. now, we also know that he will wear a very simple write robe without the customary red mantle. finally, his holiness is no longer going to be wearing red shoes. he will be trading these red shoes in for a pair of these brown shoes he received during a trip in mexico last year. >>> scientists in columbia have been closely examining the meteor and data. now they think they know where it came from. researchers have concluded that it was a chunk of rock from ancistroid. they say apollo -- asteroid. scientists say large apollos are significant risk to our planet and what happened 11 days ago was like a warning shot. >>> skin before a breast implant. why this new bay area-developed device may
in washington. >> history is unfolding right now and the vatican city. pope benedict the sixth thing is in his final hours of his tenure. we will have a live report coming up in the next half hour. >> our top story, a city is still in mourning. police officers and santabe back on the job this morning one day after taking time off to mourn the loss of two fellow officers. the officers were shot and killed while investigating a convicted sex offender on tuesday. kron 4 will tran is live at the santa cruz police department. >> i will show you the lobby and a sign was just posted this stated that the public cannot go inside due to the lobby being closed. they are waiting for these officers to come to work. they have never had a police officer killed in a line of duty. as far as the memorial, it continues to grow. people have stopped by eager to read the signs, the messages, or to drop off flowers. both of officers leave behind children. there are a lot of condolences that are going on. there are a lot of words that are being said and it is very emotional. >> we're having a little bit a problem
,000 people are expected to attend marches nationwide. >> pope benedict the xvi announced his retirement. >> ♪ this is the second to last prayer before he steps down. that only attracts a few thousand people. today, as can you see there, 150,000 people showed up. benedict will retire on february 28th. the vatican said they will try to choose a new pope sooner than expected so a pope will be in place by holy week. >> they are considering landmark legislation on immigration reform. >> they have a draft proposal from the white house and allow illegal immigrants to become permanent residents within eight years. >> there are 11 million illegal immigrants and they could apply for a newly created is visa. and provide more security funding by the immigration status of the new hires. >> a woman is in the hospital after being hit by a muni bus. >> it happened yesterday afternoon at lake merced boulevard. and the person had serious injuries. the muni driver is undergoing standard drug and alcohol tests. >> they are missing so much work and costing the agency millions of dollars. the san francisco
that there could be an american pope. is that a long shot? >> no, it's not. the field is wide open. pope benedict xvi said when he resigned there are pressing questions, urgent questions and the united states is taking it up. i believe that's pretty possible. >> when you talk about americans, certainly cardinal o'malley of boston because he is seen as someone who has cleaned house from the sex abuse scandal, do you think the new pope must be a reformer must have a record of reform when it comes to the sex abuse scandal? >> the sex abuse scandal was a terrible scourge on the church and on the world and certainly we need a leader who will continue to uncover the sexual scandals, deal with them effectively, and remove those who have caused these scandals. certainly someone like cardinal o'malley who has dealt with the crisis in boston head on is needed to take the church forward for the good of the church and the good of the world. >> hue much political trading takes place with this in the way they reach a decision until you have to bring factions together and trade bac
filled st. peter's square for pope benedict's final blessing. four days he will step down as head of the catholic church. the vatican is dealing with new allegations today involving one of its cardinals. anne thompson has more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. it's a mixture of joy and intrigue here in vatican city. this morning catholics and the curious jammed st. peter's square to hear pope benedict's final blessing. this got not only a blessing but the pope also shed light on why he resigned. god had called him on the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation but he wasn't going to abandon the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said that god had had asked him to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so more in a way appropriate to his age and strength. now, this very joyous event took place against a background of scandal. there are new headlines in britain this morning, three priests and a former priest accused the scottish cardinal keith o'brien of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. they want cardinal o'brien to resign
's retirement of pope benedict xvi. there are some issues that haven't been dealt with in 6 centuries. the vatican announced today benedict xvi will be known now as emeritus pope. he will continue to wear white. as for the upcoming conclave to choose the pope's replacement, los angeles cardinal roger mahony plans to attend, despite allegations he covered up sex abuse involving clergy. a former san francisco archbishop stands by him. >> i believe he should be at the conclave and i'm glad to see he has left and look forward to seeing him there. >> more than 100 cardinals will gather at the vatican starting on thursday. >>> 6:40 now. from smartphones to tablets, which products are getting the biggest buzz at this year's mobile world congress. brian cooley will talk about it. >> plus the bald eagle has landed. why this escaped bay area zoo bird was saved just in time. >> how about the market? opened just a few minutes ago. the early numbers, after falling some 200 points yesterday, we are out of the gate in a good way. all green all the way around. ja
reports, there is already all kinds of debate. on the impact of pope benedict's surprising decision. >> people across the northeast are trying to get back to normal. after a massive blizzard bombarded the area friday. >> after having repeatedly examined my work with god i want to provide the best i can buy per retiring. >> after the church was facing declining popularity and scandals of sexual abuse. they have been under prosecution because of these items. >> we hope that he would use these last two weeks of his courage to really make some decisive action that would protect them. >> his predecessor will be decided after he steps down on the jury 28. >> the church, can trace the continuity all the way back to st. peter. we will see that this is a very articulate voice in that community. the retired pope will not be involved but he was briefed on that the decision making. he will likely retire with a reflective life on prayer and meditation in a monastery. emily schmidt, kron 4. >> pam: clean- up efforts are now underway. as residents dig out. and clean up neighborhoods which got buri
:00 a.m. in 25 minutes from now. >> new this morning, pope benedict has wrapped up the first public appearance since the stunning announcement of the resignation two days ago. huge crowds greeted the pope with a standing ovation the scene vatican. he marked the first day of lent with the weekly address telling thousands he is stepping down for the good of the work. the 85-year-old will celebrate ab wednesday map at st. peter's. >> barry bonds will ask a court in san francisco to overturn his conviction. a panel will hear arguments from his attorneys at the 9th circuit court of appeals at 9:30 this morning and they have argued that bonds was convicted if giving a rambling answer that had nothing do with a grand jury probe in the steroid scandal but prosecutors say he gave evasive answers when he testified in 2003 about the use of performance-enhancing drugs. >> a uc santa cruz student was shot in the head at a bus stop. the 21-year-old victim said he snuck up behind her and told her to empty the pockets. she d but the suspect shot her anyway, and she thought she was hit with the rifl
benedict xvi changed the rules. under the old laws they would have to wait 15 days to pick a new one but under the new rules they can start as soon as they all arrive. that will give them more time to pick a new pope. >> the conclave will be short, one person. cardinal keith o'brien resigned. there are reports that his resignation follows accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior 30 years and he is recusing himself so that he won't taint the proceeding with scandal. >>> investigators are widening their search for a homicide in las vegas. police identified harris this weekend as the prime suspect. he is accused of firing into a car driven by kenneth carry, jr. he has an extensive criminal history. >>> the oyster farm involved in a battle with the government got a reprieve and can stay open for now. the court granted a motion for an emergency injunction, that will allow them to remain open while the appeal is considered. they lost their lease in november after he said its operation was environmentally harmful. >> president obama today continued to push congress to reverse the automat
. pope benedict xvi will continue to wear white and when he steps counsel be the first to do so in hundreds of years. >>> they are due to vote in moving ahead with the confirmation of senator chuck hagel. after stalling the nomination for 12 days, late last night they said they would stop delaying the vote. if he is elected, he will replace leon panetta just days before massive cuts are due to hit the pentagon. >>> the building is at peer 27 and it will be the america's cup headquarters starting next month. this $90 million project will include arrays village, -- a race village and a place to dock all starting next year and ribbon cutting is set for early this morning. >> there are problems with the commute you should be aware of. and also the motorcycle crash is causing a big backup? >>> they are showing us a huge backup which has resulted in the two lanes being closed for a while and southbound is backed up out of hayward, the accident was near stevenson and the traffic is slow so if you are driving into the area you need to give yourself extra time and just getting onto the f
on billboards -- using his face on billboards in the areas harris is known to have lived. >>> pope benedict xvi will continue to wear white and when the pope officially steps town he will be the first to do so in 600 years. >>> cardinals williams leaves for the vatican to help choose the next peep. he will be among the 116 and he will talk about some of the qualities he will be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work through a major arch die essential in the -- archdiocese in the world or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> cardinal hopes to like the a new pope before the start of holy week. >>> more teens are dying in car crashes but when it comes to california, there is slightly better news. they conducted this new study and shows the deaths among 16 and 17-year-old drivers are up nationwide in the first six months of 2012. however 17 states and the official deaths went down slightly. >>> drakes bay is celebrating a legal victory which should let them stay open until may. they can continue to o
and the vatican this morning on ash wednesday. pope benedict is conducting his last- wednesday service fifth we will be back with more on the kron 4 morning news in just a minute. so she sees her allergist who has a receptionist susan, who sees that she's due for a mammogram. mary has one that day. that's when she finds out she has a tumor. she has a successful surgery and because her health provider has an amazing connected system, she has her life. i don't know what you have but i have kaiser permanente. kaiser permanente. thrive. >> welcome back to the kron 4 morning news we're tracking a new hot spot on the south peninsula in mountain view. it is on 101 south bound and shoreline and accident not cleared from the traffic lanes is still backing up the ride on 101. >> not only is it affecting the northbound ride and creating a visual hazard. it is slowing the south bound commute as you can see is backed up into redwood city almost to the turn off from the dumbarton bridge. erica. >> here is a quick look at your wednesday forecast. overcast conditions we will see sunshine to the afternoon 60s l
left in the pappus, paul benedict assisting is holding five of your audience today at the vatican. meliss raney tells us what is expected. >> on thursday morning pope benedict will meet with cardinals and write a helicopter to his summer home near rome. at 8:00 p.m. local time his pepsi will in. >> details averaghave emerged about his future. it will keep the name benedictus. >> he will have to give up his distinctive red shoes. it is the prerogative of the pole vault where the red shoes. when benedictus no longer the pope he will have to give up the shoes. >> he will no longer be protected by the swiss guards. he will have that in police protection. as soon as monday cardinals will began the process of electing a new pope. >> two-thirds majority is the next pontiff. >> a vatican spokesperson said the decision could come within days. >> i am melisa raney. >> back here in the bay area san francisco 49 is about to make their new 1.2 billion stadium in santa clara the greenest in the nfl. the team announced tuesdaysome powee official solar technology partner of the 49ers and the new
that pope benedict will keep the title of "his holiness" after he resigns. >> a top superintendent valley c.e.o. and former republican candidate for government is changing her position on same-sex marriage. h.p. c.e.o. whitman is saying proposition eight in california should be overturned. "new york times" reports that whitman signed a legal brief urging gay people have a constitutional right to marriage. she supported proposition 8 during the campaign if governor in 2010. other prominent republicans who signed the brief that will go to the supreme court include former presidential candidate huntsman, former new jersey governor whitman, and former massachusetts governors weld and swift. the supreme court is set to hear arguments on whether proposition eight is constitutional next month. >> from egypt, 18 foreign tourists are confirmed dead after a hot air balloon crashed in one of the worst tourism accidents in the country's history. a bay area man visiting the city took the photos before the crash the christopher was in another balloon when it happened and according to officials there was
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